Coming back from the grocery store, I made a quick stop into the Goodwill to look at their kids' books. William was suspicious. He's a good reader...he just doesn't do enough of it.
I said, "I think it is a good idea with summer coming up that you have a few books tucked away to read."
I found a ghost story, a deadly animal book, some mysteries, The Tale of Beedle the Bard, and a funny book. He agreed that they looked interesting and that he'd be willing to read them. If he had time.
On the way to the register, I said, "Well, grandpa and I will pay you a dollar for every book that you read this summer."
Wide eyed look. A woman passing by was very enthusiastic. "A dollar a book?!! That is a great deal! If you read a hundred books, you would earn a hundred dollars!"
(God bless her!)
William stared at me. "What would happen if I read a hundred books?"
"You'd make a hundred dollars."
He was a bit dumbfounded by this. To be a 'hundred-aire' at the age of 11 was almost beyond his wildest dreams.
He read on the way home from the store. He read while I was fixing lunch. By the next day, he had earned his first dollar. He's now three chapters into his next book.